On The Avenue

Party All Night at The Guggenheim

by Kelly Laffey Photographed by BANKS
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

On Wednesday, November 16, the Guggenheim hosted the pre-party to its 2016 international gala, which happened the following day.

The event celebrated Agnes Martin (in memorium). Her serene paintings, depicting grids and stripes, adorned the walls. Guests mingled around the ramp gallery, taking in her art, and its ability to conjure what she termed “abstract emotions”—happiness, love and experiences of innocence, freedom, beauty and perfection. Martin is subject of a career-spanning retrospective on view at the Guggenheim Museum through January 11.

Party-goers sipped on champagne and indulged in appetizers that included tuna tartar, salmon; and lobster and avocado. American singer/songwriter BANKS performed. Hailing from Los Angeles, BANKS has landed on year-end best albums lists from Rolling Stone, Slant, The Guardian and many others

The pre-party was hosted by The Young Collectors Council and sponsored by Dior.

Proceeds from the Guggenheim International Gala, including the benefit dinner on November 17, which was also sponsored by Dior, contribute to the Guggenheim Museum’s general operating fund, which advances a range of internationally acclaimed exhibitions and educational programs, supports stewardship of the Guggenheim’s unparalleled collections of modern and contemporary works of art, and provides for the care of the museum’s landmark building.

Gala Co-Chairs include Christina and Robert C. Baker, Katie and Todd Boehly, Valerie and Charles M. Diker, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Phyllis and William L. Mack, Nancy and Howard Marks, Denise and Andrew Saul, Jennifer Blei Stockman and David Stockman, Cindy Chua-Tay and Liam Tay, and Sidney Toledano.

Photos by Neil Rasmus/BFA.com


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